11-14-2017, 04:24 PM
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| | we need more details, please, to avoid duplicating past efforts.
Originally Posted by rachelleigh
...really hoping for some positive and helpful feedback.
I have a 6 year old male Jack Russell cross (Toby) who was badly treated before he came to me at around 7-MO. He's always displayed symptoms of separation anxiety.
Recently he shows increased... anxiety around my 2-YO niece (my sister and I live together) & we've experienced a number of bites, which have been distressing to all concerned.
We are lucky that these bites have not been puncture wounds and have been limited to my niece's hands.
We have made several changes... use of child gates, etc. We have tried various medications without success, & had a behaviourist ... Her approach was a desensitization separation anxiety programme with the aim of helping Toby to be kept separated without distressing him (he barks, howls, defecates).
However - I feel this approach hasn't worked... months down the line, without improvement, I feel we are running out of options - our vet raised rehoming/ euthanasia ...during our last visit.
I don't feel ready to give up ... I realise I may have to.
This post feels like a last roll of the dice - a plea for help. Can anyone contribute anything that we haven't thought of/ tried?
A behaviourist with a different approach? An unconventional therapy with a proven success rate?
A medication route that the vet might not be aware of? All help appreciated - thanks so much for reading.
What, exactly, do U want help with?
Presumably by keeping child & dog separated, she won't be bitten, so the bites shouldn't be an issue - thus I'm presuming the problem is his continued Sep-Anx?
What medication has been used, with what results?
What DS /CC protocol was used to help him learn to be alone, & not freak?
I'm guessing from the spelling that U're in the UK - meds there & meds here in the U-S often have different names.
Meanwhile, please see the downloadable PDF list of B-Mod programs by DVM Overall on another recent thread, download the apropos titles [including the base module, 'Relaxation protocol'], & see if it differs from what U've been doing.
Have U used DAP-collars a-k-a Adaptil collars, or the pump-spray version?
What about an Anxiety Wrap?
can the dog be crated in an airline-approved shipping crate? - they have solid walls & provide a much-greater feeling of privacy & security, vs wide-open permeable WIRE crates, which only pin a dog down in space & leave them trapped, visible to everyone.
Without knowing what's been done, anything we suggest is liable to be a repeat of past "stuff".
How long have U been using the recommended sep-anx protocol? -
How many weeks / months since the behaviorist came by?
I am presuming this was someone accredited, via COAPE / APBC / CCAB / ABTC?
Originally Posted by Sthelena
Did the bites break skin?